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Woman in vegetative state after emergency room visit

On Behalf of | Nov 10, 2017 | Medical Malpractice |

Another day and, sadly, another horrible medical malpractice case that has left a woman in a vegetative state and a family dealing with the emotional aftermath.

The case in question isn’t from here in Atlanta or even Georgia. The woman in today’s story lives in Arizona and she had a history of seizures leading up to a 2013 trip she took to the emergency room. She was on blood thinners at the time to help with her medical issue. She had a routine at this emergency room that never resulted in any problems.

But during this particular visit in Sept. 2013, the woman was treated by someone who was just eight weeks out of medical school. This person injected the woman with a drug called Profilnine. This caused the woman to suffer blood clots and a heart attack within hours of it being administered. As a result of the complications, the woman has suffered permanent brain damage and is now in a vegetative state.

The woman and her family sued the emergency room for the care that she received four years ago, and just recently a jury returned a unanimous verdict that found the emergency room liable for medical malpractice. The reward was $12 million, the largest ruling in the county in a decade. It doesn’t make up for a lost life, but at the very least it holds an irresponsible medical institution responsible for their actions.

Source: KVOA, “Tucson woman awarded $12 million in medical malpractice lawsuit,” Sarah Herrera, Nov. 6, 2017


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